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Monday, January 12, 2009

Brave New World? - DNA Database Now Online for All Newborns

by Allison Bricker

Last April, amidst the made for television melodrama of Hillary versus Barrack and as our economy was really beginning to show the first signs of its impending collapse; the “Democrat” controlled Congress and lame-duck President, passed and signed into law, Senate 1858. Sponsored by terrorist Senator Christopher Dodd (D-CT) along with twenty-one co-sponsors, the charlatans who profess to defend privacy, drafted a bill in which DNA samples will be taken immediately upon birth from all newborns delivered in hospitals and stored via a web accessible database.1

In a stunning Illumination of their arrogance and/or cowardice, neither chamber recorded the votes, thus no official roll call vote exists in any official Congressional Journal. According to Republican co-sponsor Senator Lugar’s office, both chambers invoked chamber specific rules of “Unanimous Consent”. While usually used as a means to speed along legislation during a heavy calendar, it should also be noted that “Unanimous Consent” conveniently shields members, less sponsors and co-sponsors from political repercussions.

Additionally, even though the House passed the bill in the same manner, we do know that at least one Representative, a doctor no less, staunchly opposed the bill. Further reinforcing why he is known as “Dr. No” in Congress, Representative Ron Paul (R-TX) spoke passionately from the well of the House stating:

“Those of us in the medical profession should be particularly concerned about policies allowing government officials and state-favored interests to access our medical records without our consent … My review of S. 1858 indicates the drafters of the legislation made no effort to ensure these newborn screening programs do not violate the privacy rights of parents and children, in fact, by directing federal bureaucrats to create a contingency plan for newborn screening in the event of a ‘public health’ disaster, this bill may lead to further erosions of medical privacy. As recent history so eloquently illustrates, politicians are more than willing to take, and people are more than willing to cede, liberty during times of ‘emergency.”

The law, implemented this past Fall, attempts to justify itself by citing the need for “contingency” planning and as preparation for a national public health disaster. Reading further we see that the DNA effectively becomes property of the government and its approved contractor laboratories. The law also makes it clear that the newborn DNA samples in addition to being cataloged will also be subject to genetic experimentation and manipulation.

In a report issued by the “Citizens Council on Health Care”2 some of the more invasive portions of the bill that became law are:

* Establish a national list of genetic conditions for which newborns and children are to be tested.

* Establish protocols for the linking and sharing of genetic test results nationwide.

* Build surveillance systems for tracking the health status and health outcomes of individuals diagnosed at birth with a genetic defect or trait.

* Use the newborn screening program as an opportunity for government agencies to identify, list, and study “secondary conditions” of individuals and their families.

* Subject citizens to genetic research without their knowledge or consent.

It does indeed seem to indicate that the plutocratic oligarchs are becoming more brazen in announcing publicly their disdain for we the people, or as they see us; their chattel. If we do not realize that no government needs this sort of authority, regardless of figurehead, we will soon wake up reduced to rule under absolute despotism.


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